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No team can always win

I am always interested by what makes people support a certain business or sports team. One sure thing is that people love to support a winning team, but no team can always remain at the top.

Springbok Rugby

Over the last couple of years many people were disillusioned by the performance of the Springbok rugby team.

Yet after they recently beat the All Blacks in New Zealand the tickets for the Springboks’ next match against the Wallabies were sold out within days.

As I’ve said, no team can always win. ... continue reading

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A penny for your thoughts

In his book Thinking for a change John Maxwell asks the question why some people are more successful than others?

Two Perspectives

He then tells a story of a man with two daughters, the one 21 years old and the other 25. The 21 year old daughter applied to a university to study Pharmacy. On hearing that she was accepted she was elated, but her 25 year old sister bemoaned the fact that her sister needs to go to school for four more years.

Maxwell then concludes that

Successful people

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Planning amidst uncertainty

The only thing that is certain about the future is the fact that it is uncertain.

One of the aspects that are assessed in personality tests is the degree to which someone is comfortable with change; the contrast being preference for a more predictable environment, i.e. maintaining the status quo. This implies that some people experience the uncertainty of the future as less threatening than others.

We live in times of great uncertainty. Tom Peters writes in one of his books that even working for a big company does not ... continue reading

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Meaningful work

Two days after I previously wrote about the purpose behind everything we do, I sat in a meeting where we discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and job creation. One person suggested that we should not only focus on job creation, but at creating meaningful jobs.

But when exactly is the work that you do meaningful?

It seems that when you understand the purpose of what you need to do, that you may experience the work as more meaningful.

You may experience a job as meaningless when your personality and skill ... continue reading

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The future of your job?

Few people have ever stood on top of Mt Everest. To be the first, took extra special courage. Imagine you were Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mt Everest. You needed to plan for something for which no guidelines or instructions existed. You plan as best you can for something that can only be described as uncertain.

This is the same kind of situation we currently experience when we plan for the future.

We are now preparing kids at school for jobs that may be extinct before they retire.

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